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PhD Studentships in Primary Care 2024

Applications are invited from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in primary care research.  Awards are offered at all nine Universities within the NIHR School for Primary Care Research: Bristol, Exeter, Keele, Manchester,  Nottingham, Oxford, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Southampton and University College London (UCL).

Applicants must have a first degree in a discipline relevant to primary care research and will be expected to complete a PhD/ DPhil during the award period. The precise academic qualifications required depend on the university and training offered. This award will fund tuition fees to the value of home fees; students with overseas status are welcome to apply but will need to fund the remainder of their fees from alternative sources.  

The awards offer traditional project-specific training in areas of particular importance to primary care and awarded to applicants from diverse backgrounds including e.g., medical statistics, social sciences, health economics, health psychology.   

Studentship awards include fees and an annual tax-free stipend (plus a London weighting for QMUL and UCL and college fees in Oxford). 

Each university runs its own recruitment process. For the majority, this will happen in the Spring, for an October start date.

Those successful in securing a SPCR Studentship will become part of the SPCR Trainees community. Read more about what benefits this will provide.

Institution Application Deadline
University of Bristol Now Closed
University of Southampton Now Closed
University College London Now Closed
University of Nottingham Now Closed
University of Manchester Friday 26 April 2024
Keele University Tuesday 7 May 2024
University of Exeter Sunday 2 June 2024
Queen Mary University of London Wednesday 12 June 2024

Applications for SPCR PhD funding at Oxford University

Applications for SPCR PhD funding at Oxford are open to those who have already applied to a programme as outlined below:

Applications for the DPhil programmes (DPhil Primary Health Care and DPhil Translational Health Sciences) in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences are made to the central Graduate Admissions Office. Application details, entry requirements and deadlines for applications can be found on the Graduate Admissions website: This site includes a comprehensive application guide as well as contact details if you have other queries relating to the technical side of applying rather than academic related queries.

Prior to applying to the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, you should contact potential supervisor(s) working in your area of interest to discuss potential research topics and the possibility of being offered supervision.

Applications will be assessed by the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences using their entry requirements and suitable candidates will be invited to attend an interview via video call.

The application deadline was Friday 01 December, 12:00 midday (so are now closed); with interviews for this round taking place in mid/late January. All applications received by this date are considered for all Oxford funding competitions for which they are eligible. Applications are usually accepted past this date and in spring/summer of the calendar year for which you are applying, however this cannot be guaranteed as places to offer are limited.